How to Give a Lomo Effect

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The "Lomo" effect is designed to mimic a Russian camera made in the 1980s. Give a "Lomo" effect with help from a photography professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dan Reinecke with Unknown Media, and today, I'm going to show you how to achieve a lomo effect. A lomo effect refers to an effect that mimics the look made by the lomo camera, which was a camera made in Russia in the 80's. The unique look has a lot of artistic appeal and can easily be created in a photo editing software. And I'll show you how to achieve that look right now. Alright. So, this is the photo I've chosen to make our lomo effect. First off, I'm going to go ahead and grab the lasso and we'll make the feather around, yeah, we'll keep it a 150. Now, go ahead and make the selection to create our vignette, it can be anyway you so choose it to be. And that looks good. Now, we're going to go ahead and with that selection, we're going to make a new curve's layer and we're going to go ahead and invert the mask so that the vignette is being affected on the outside. And go ahead and add a vignette just like that. Now, we're going to go ahead and add another curves layer and just create a nice simple S curve on the photo. Now, another thing that I like to do, we'll go ahead and add a new layer and make it that layer a solid color and we'll go black and change the blending options to hue; as you can see, it makes it a black and white photo, but, I'm going to go ahead and drop that opacity down. Now, what that is going to do, just gives a nice muted effect to your colors and I think I might drop it down just a little bit more than that, and yeah that will work. Now from here, you can go back and do curves and adjust some of the colors if you'd like. Actually, I'm going to go ahead and add that on top, so you can see. I like going in the blues and adding a little bit of blues to shadows all at the same time, taking blues away from the highlights, just to give some real kind of funky effects. Let's go ahead and take some reds away, but add some reds to the highlights. And you can go as drastic as you please and now, I'm going to go ahead and create a composite layer. Shift option command E, that will make a composite above the layers and I'm going to go ahead and just add an un-sharpened mask filter. Oh, not that much; we'll go about, we'll go about 50 and a higher radius as well. That's going to really grab on those shadows. So, as you can see the difference between with and without the un-sharpened mask, and from here, you have your completed lomo photo. And that's how you get a lomo effect on your photos. I'm Dan Reinecke, take your best shot.


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